KY Lottery reports increase in sales, decrease in proceeds to state

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials with the Kentucky Lottery released their sales numbers for the 2017 fiscal year Friday. They said that while sales were up more than 3 million dollars in 2017, money given back to the state of Kentucky was down more than 5 million dollars. The total number of sales reported is more than 1 billion dollars.

The Executive Vice President and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery, Howard Kline said money given back to the state declined in 2017 because the Powerball sales were much higher in 2016.

Vice President and Corporate Controller Maggie Garrison said she feels optimistic about future sales including the sales numbers associated with Powerball and Mega Millions.

The Kentucky Lottery Board estimates that overall sales in the 2018 fiscal year will increase by more than 32 million dollars with an increased contribution to the Bluegrass of 4.3 million dollars.

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